The E/D/E (Einkaufsbüro Deutscher Eisenhändler GmbH) is Europe’s largest purchasing and marketing association in industrial B2B, with around 1300 medium-sized trading companies.

The Wuppertal-based family company..

The Wuppertal-based family company, which was founded in 1931, works in 25 countries of Europe and is firmly rooted in the domestic market of Germany. The corporate motto of “Hand in Hand” represents a constant for the E/D/E, in its cooperation with affiliated companies and through its assumption of social responsibility in society.

From this strength, the E/D/E has kept its strategic objectives, formulated long ago as visions, firmly in sight. With a total turnover of more than €6 billion in 2017, the E/D/E realized its best turnover result in the company's history.

Above all, the decisive factor is the development of the approximately 1000 affiliated industrial B2B companies and the approximately 250 retail traders. Their success has its origin in trade with tools, machinery and operating equipment, structural fixtures and structural elements, sanitation and heating, steel and fastening systems, safety and industrial technology together with industrial safety products. These industries represent the connection between traditional values and future-oriented focus. The E/D/E also stands for this with its approximately 1150 employees.

The activities in Europe are being increasingly focused upon. The E/D/E is already represented in 25 European countries now. With the completion and commissioning of the new modern Logistics Centre, the E/D/E has provided an important switch point for a successful shared future for its affiliated member companies.

Corporate motto
  • We want to be the indispensable link to our contract suppliers for our members.
  • We ensure our successful future through the intelligent linking of ranges, logistics and services with strong market concepts.
  • We support our members through our absolute commitment. We expect active collaboration and a clear commitment to cooperation from them.
  • We demand the optimal quality from our contract suppliers, with a noticeable commitment to our objectives. We support them through active and reliable partnership.
  • We are a strong team. Whatever we do, we always want to be quicker, better and more economical.
  • We are friendly and competent, open and fair. Because we are perceived according to the way we act.
  • We perceive our social responsibility immediately and through the nonprofitmaking E/D/E foundation.